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    Stephen Darlington is one of England’s foremost choral conductors. He has been director of music at Christ Church since 1985. His extensive discography, comprising more than 50 CDs, includes several award-winning recordings. Darlington has traveled worldwide both with the choir and as an organist. He is currently choragus of the University of Oxford and is the holder of a Lambeth Doctorate of Music.
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    JoEllen Butler will be installed March 9 as the director of Christian education at Community in Christ Lutheran Church.

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Covenant Presbyterian

Davidson College Presbyterian

Concerts: The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford, England, will perform two Charlotte-area concerts. The male-voice chorus will perform 7 p.m. April 4 at Covenant Presbyterian, 1000 E. Morehead St. The choir will be joined by 180 local singers at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Davidson College Presbyterian, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. Adults $20; youth and children $10. Tickets available at www.CarolinaTix.org.

Unity Center for Spiritual Living

New minister: On March 9, the Rev. Rebecca Nagy will begin her position as senior minister and spiritual leader. Nagy is a nondenominational minister who graduated from Sancta Sophia Seminary in 1996 and was ordained through Light of Christ Community Church. She earned a lifetime ordination endorsed through the International Council of Community Churches. A professional speaker, Nagy has presented at national conferences, New Thought churches and academic institutions nationwide. She is a founding member of Queen’s University’s Work Life Council Advisory Board. The service will be at 10:30 a.m. March 9. Welcome reception afterward. 7300 Mallard Creek Road. 704-599-1180.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Building project: The board of trustees voted to name the Charlotte campus’s new Hall of Mission after Greer native David Rogers. An alumnus and former vice chair of the board of trustees, Rogers died in 2010. Rogers enrolled in the first graduating class of the Charlotte campus as part of a spiritual quest following the death of his first child, Joshua. Upon graduation, he founded the nonprofit organization Joshua’s Way, which supports biblical teaching, international ministry and mercy ministry efforts worldwide. The new building includes a convertible assembly hall and four exhibit classrooms. 14542 Choate Circle. www.GordonConwell.edu/Charlotte.

Christ Lutheran

Lecture: Dr. Mary Neal, author of “To Heaven and Back,” will share her life-after-death experience 6 p.m. March 16. $10. Women are invited to “An Intimate Hour With Dr. Mary Neal: Facing Loss With Joy” at 4:30 p.m. Coffee and dessert served in The Forum. $20 for both events. Tickets available at Cornerstone Gifts at the church, 4519 Providence Road, or at www.itickets.com.

Women Living Well Ministries

Forum: Women invited to learn the word of God and be empowered to grow in Christian faith. Meetings are on the second and fourth Thursdays. Free. The next forum will focus on “Got Faith?” 7-8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Johnston YMCA, 3025 N. Davidson St. www.womenlivingwellministries.org.

Trinity Presbyterian

Gilchrist Lecture: The Rev. Rodney Sadler from Union Presbyterian Seminary will speak during the Sunday school hour at 9:45 a.m. March 9. He will also lead worship and preach at the 11 a.m. worship service. The theme of his talks is “Why Moral Mondays Matter.” The Gilchrist Lecture is an annual program of Lenten lectures endowed by funds given in memory of charter members Pat and Katie Gilchrist by their family. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.

Sedgefield United Methodist

Fundraiser luncheon: Proceeds go to Barbara L. Carter Memorial Scholarship fund. Noon March 9. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077.

Elizabeth Communities of Faith

Lenten services: Caldwell Presbyterian, St. John’s Baptist, Hawthorne Lane United Methodist, St. Martin’s Episcopal, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy and Novant Presbyterian will gather for worship on the theme “There and Back Again.” Soup luncheon provided by Elizabeth-area restaurants. Donations benefit local missions. Noon March 12, 19 and 26 and April 2, 9 and 16 at Hawthorne Lane United Methodist, 501 Hawthorne Lane. www.hlumc.org.

Amity Presbyterian

Community Lenten services: Five area churches will gather for a 30-minute service. All welcome. Noon March 12, 19 and 26 and April 2, 9 and 16. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. www.amitypc.org.

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Film series: “Fill the Void” will be shown 3 p.m. March 9 at Regal Cinemas in Ballantyne Village. The closing night celebration will feature the musical comedy “Cupcakes.” 7 p.m. March 9 at Regal Cinemas. Dessert reception afterward. Extras and full schedule at www.charlottejewishfilm.com.

HollyHunter Baptist

Fish fry: Proceeds go to mission work. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 7.

Blood drive: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas drive. Noon-2 p.m. March 9. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments at www.carolinadonor.org. 4316 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. 704-399-3316.

St. Martin’s Episcopal

Preschool: The preschool offers music, chapel and PlaySpanish in addition to preschool curriculum. Small class ratios. Openings available for the 2014-15 school year. The preschool is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 1510 E. Seventh St. To schedule a tour, contact Sarah Kruszka at 704-376-0688 or skruszka@stmartins-charlotte.org.

Pleasant Hill Baptist

Annual men’s day: The men’s choir and local choir will perform 4 p.m. March 16. 517 Baldwin Ave. 704-376-1201.

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: “Evil … Human or Divine?” Speakers will promote understanding of major religions and address evil and its roots in their faiths’ theology. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Because of inclement weather, the Feb. 11 session is rescheduled for March 18. James Pitts will present a Baha’i community perspective, and Sam Wazan will present an Islamic perspective. 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948; www.beth-el.com.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Lenten worship: “Encounters With God, Encounters With Jesus.” 10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Evening worship: Study of scriptures on the theme of “Change.” Loose-change offering will go to Good Gifts programs. 7 p.m. Sundays. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. 6817 Carmel Road. www.livingsaviourlc.org.

Myers Park United Methodist

Series: End-of-life issues will be explored in a series called “Tying Up Loose Ends.” 7 p.m. March 10, 17, 24 and 31 in Room 110 of the parish life building. On March 10, Marilyn Morenz and Parish Nurse Susan Mobley will talk about living wills and health-care powers of attorney. Free; no reservations required. 1501 Queens Road. 704-295-4836; www.mpumc.org.

Concert: The nationally renowned Furman Singers from Furman University will perform works by Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi and more. Free. 7 p.m. March 9.

Sharon United Methodist

Lenten sermon series: Pastor Kyle Thompson will present a series on “Not a Fan (God Calls Us to Be Followers, Not Fans!).” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. The sermon for March 9 is “Anyone is Everyone.” 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166; www.sharonumc.org.

Calvary Church

Career workshop series: The Career Ministry presents “Maximize Your Career” to take you through the job search process. $25. 8 a.m.-noon March 15, 22 and 29. Networking groups meet 7 p.m. Mondays. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. Register at www.calvarychurch.com/career.

Stallings United Methodist

Preschool: Enrollment open for the 2014-2015 school year. Ages 2-5. June Surratt: 704-821-1365.

Easter sermon series: “Letting Hope In.” Traditional services 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. Sundays, sanctuary. Contemporary services 10:55 a.m. Sundays, fellowship hall. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings. www.stallingsumc.org.

Generation Church, Matthews

Sermon series: “Shattering Spiritual Passivity by Experiencing Revival Now.” 10 a.m. March 9, 16, 23 and 30. 137 N. Freemont St., Matthews. www.generationchurchcharlotte.org.

Weddington United Methodist

Concert: The Weddington Concert Series presents the chancel choir, string quartet and a visiting choir from Tabernacle United Methodist. Selections from Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and contemporary composers. The new organ will be featured. 4 p.m. March 9. 13901 Providence Road, Weddington. http://weddingtonchurch.org/WCS.

Price Memorial AME Zion, Concord

Family and friends day: All members and former members are invited to a celebration on the theme “Celebrating Our Children and Youth and Investing in the Future” during morning worship. Gifts may be presented in honor or memory of loved ones. Fellowship luncheon afteward. 11 a.m. March 16. 192 Spring St. S.W., Concord. www.pricememorialamezionchurch.com.

Pitts Baptist, Concord

Prayer workshop: Joy Moreau, N.C. state coordinator of Moms in Prayer, will lead training to become effective prayer warriors. 9 a.m.-noon March 22; $5. Workshop with lunch 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $15. Register by March 14. 140 Pitts School Road N.W., Concord. www.MomsinPrayer.org.

Impact Church, Concord

Healing ministry: Healing Rooms of Cabarrus County is open 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. 44 Cabarrus Ave., Concord. 704-788-6632.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drives: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9 at Harrisburg Presbyterian, 4815 N.C. 49 S., Harrisburg; noon-3 p.m. March 9, Pitts Baptist, 140 Pitts School Road N.W., Concord; noon-3 p.m. March 9, Oak Ridge Baptist, 5340 Flowes Store Road, Concord; 4-7 p.m. March 12, Kimball Memorial Lutheran, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis. www.cbcc.us.

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Film series: The 10th annual festival will be Feb. 12-April 6 with 13 movies in the core series, plus additional screenings through partner organizations. Presented in collaboration with the Jewish Council of Lake Norman, “The Third Half” will be shown 7 p.m. March 10 at Regal Cinemas Birkdale Stadium 16 in Huntersville. Full schedule at www.charlottejewishfilm.com.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Organ concert: Organ at Davidson presents “The Bach Birthday Bash” with organist Jane Cain and Bach’s “Coffee Cantata.” Free; donations in support of future programs encouraged. Reception afterward. 7:30 p.m. March 11. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. Full schedule at www.dcpc.org.

Denver United Methodist

Children’s consignment sale: Gently-used children’s clothing, toys, more. 8 a.m.-noon March 22. Consignor and volunteer pre-sales March 21. Consignment open until March 16. 3910 N.C. 16 N., Denver. www.denvermethodist.org/group/childrens-consignment-sale.

The Cove Church, Mooresville

Support group: GriefShare is a seminar and care group for people grieving the loss of loved ones. Each self-contained session includes video featuring experts on grief, real-life stories and recovery subjects. 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 15. 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville. www.covechurch.org/griefshare.

Troutman Church of God

Community food bank: Drive through. 9-11:30 a.m. March 12 and 26.

Service: Second-year anniversary bluegrass service. 7 p.m. March 13. 490 S. Main St., Troutman. www.thebluegrasschurch.com.

St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Lenten services: 6:15 March 9 and 23 and April 6. Soup supper will be served 5 p.m. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville. www.saintmarkslutheran.com.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Job assistance workshop: A staffing agency roundtable discussion will focus on the value of working in a temporary or contract role. Because of inclement weather, this topic has been rescheduled from February. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. 7 p.m. March 11. RSVP at 704-892-0120 or jobassistanceworkshop@gmail.com.

Director welcomed: The church has hired JoEllen Butler as the director of Christian education. She will support Sunday school volunteers and lead the church’s ministry program, which includes First Communion instruction for second-grade students beginning March 30. She will also run the summer vacation Bible school program. Butler will be installed at worship 11 a.m. March 9. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

New Hope Missions Church, Mooresville

Lenten series: “Jesus’ Last Words From the Cross: What Do They Mean for Us?” 10 a.m. Sundays. The topic for March 9 is “Father, forgive them. …”

Lenten study: Fellowship, prayer, worship and study of “Significant Moments During Jesus’ Last Days.” 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 2987 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. 704-880-4102.

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Services: Mass noon March 11 followed by soup lunch. Stations of the cross 7 p.m. March 14. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. www.sainttherese.net.

Al-Anon

Family group: Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship whose purpose is to help families and friends of those who have a problem with alcohol. “Starting Over” group meets 8-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Bethel Methodist, 7284 Campground Road, Denver. “Just for Today” group meets 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays at Lake Norman Lutheran, 1445 N.C. 16 N., Denver. 828-478-2063.

Davidson United Methodist

Career transition program: Co-sponsored by Davidson College Presbyterian. 10 a.m.-noon each first and third Wednesday in room 216 of the education building. 233 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-8277.

Holy Spirit Catholic, Denver

Irish night: The Knights of Columbus Council 10389 will sponsor a night of Irish food, music and dancing. Beer available for purchase. Adults $15; age 10 and younger $7. 6 p.m. March 15. Irish dancers will perform at 8 p.m. 537 N.C. 16 N., Denver. Tickets, contact Sean Welsh at 704-763-8196 or the church office at 704-483-6448.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Girl Scout Sunday: 11 a.m. March 9.

Concert: The Sons of Thunder Quartet will perform gospel music 10:30 a.m. March 16. 1430 Mecklenburg Highway, Mooresville. www.fairviewumc.org.

Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory

Lenten organ series: Annual Abernethy Lenten Organ Series welcomes Kelly Grooms of Grooms & Payne Ltd. Pipe Organ Builders. Free and open to the public. 12:30-1 p.m. March 14. Series continues March 21. 150 16th Ave. N.W., Hickory. 828-328-6196; www.corinthtoday.org.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Women’s day: 10 a.m. March 16. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

First Church of God, Hickory

Concert: The Anderson University Chorale will perform as part of its spring tour. The 45-voice chorale, directed by Richard Sowers, has received national and international recognition as one of the nation’s premier collegiate choirs. The performance will include selections by Maurice Greene, Palestrina, Tallis and more. 7 p.m. March 16. Free; an offering will be taken. 306 14th St. S.W., Hickory. 828-322-1621.

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Newton

Hunger campaign: Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, using it to help them raise money during March and April. ECCCM is asking community organizations to receive a special offering, which will be matched on a percentage basis by the Feinstein Foundation. 245 E. N St., Newton. www.ecccm.org.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Fundraisers: “Feast of Fools” dinner and talent show. Proceeds support middle school mission trip. 5 p.m. March 16. The church men will sell Boston butts for $30 each. Sign up March 9.

Information session: Learn about the ministry and mission of our congregation. 6:30 p.m. March 18. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. www.epiphany-rockhill.org.

Temple Solel, Fort Mill

Shabbat services: 7 p.m. each second and fourth Friday.

Religious school: Different approach from traditional Sunday classes. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. All services at St. Philip Neri Catholic, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. 803-619-9707; www.templesolelsc.org.

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